Communal Tone To Fake News on Social Media, Here’s what Supreme Court Said

The plea in the court was filed seeking action against media reports that blamed Nizamuddin Markaz event for Covid Burst in India.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday, Concerned over News in a section of media that holds a communal tone which could bring a bad name to the country. The court was hearing a petition linked to the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Delhi last year which was blamed for the surge in Covid-19 cases in India. The bench was headed by Honorable Chief Justice NV Ramana.

The plea in the court was filed seeking action against media reports that blamed Nizamuddin Markaz event for Covid Burst in India. The petitioner wanted action over “communal branding of Covid”. The supreme court expressed concern over the issue and passed on relative statements for the same.

Supreme Court stated that fake news is being spread through web portals and social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. “The problem is, everything in this country is resonated with communal angle by a section of the media. That is the problem. The country is going to get a bad name ultimately,” Chief Justice NV Ramana Concerned.

“The Platforms like Youtube, Facebook and Twitter have no accountability. Anyone is free to use these to propagate their agenda. I have never seen these portals taking any actions.” Court attacked.

Petitioner Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind has asked the court to direct Centre to curb “fake news” related to the gathering at the Nizamuddin Markaz and take strict action against those responsible for it.

Last year, Foreigners, who attended Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi at Nizamuddin area, were accused of allegedly violating visa norms, indulging in missionary activities illegally and violating government guidelines issued in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020. Due to which some known participating muslims were also asked for isolation as well as evacuation of their residential places.

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